Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Questions Than Answers: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Young Adult Dystopian Fiction

I'm always up for a good dystopian novel and this one was definitely unique in this genre. 

Eva and Addie are two souls sharing the same body.  When they hit puberty, one soul (the dominant soul) was supposed to overtake and the other soul would just vanish.  A really unique idea--two different and strong personalities inhabiting one body.  I really like the inner exchange between the two main characters and had no idea how the major plot problem would be solved.  The writing is solid and each character in the book was really fleshed out.  Overall, I enjoyed the story.

However, what stopped the book from becoming a really solid read for me was my initial confusion about the "why"....Why, in the future, are there two souls inhabiting one body? This question led to a host of others that were never answered.   Was this some of scientific experiment?  Was it a religious epiphany?  Why was there a war to stop this?  Why is having two souls bad?  Why would the government care how many people could squeeze into a body?.......one question led to another and another and these never got answered throughout the body.  I see the book is part of a series so maybe these issues will get dealt with later.....but, if not, I don't think I can reading a series that leaves unanswered so many important questions.

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